Looking for an amazing getaway experience in Northern Vietnam? Lan Ha Bay near Cat Ba island is our favorite choice. Although we’ve been there several times, its majestic scenery, rich biological system, and outdoor activities have always charmed us.
This article includes the following sections:
Information about Lan Ha Bay
How to travel to Lan Ha
Our favorite places to stay on Cat Ba island
Best time to visit
Amazing experiences that you can’t miss when visiting Lan Ha Bay
About Lan Ha Bay Vietnam
Located in the south of Ha Long Bay and the eastern part of Cat Ba archipelago, Lan Ha Bay has become a favorite destination for both domestic and international travelers in recent years.
This archipelago is over 7000 hectares, including over 400 large and small islands, and famous for its untapped beaches with pristine beauty.
The bay has a density of limestone mountains separating the sea surface into groves and small bays. Most of the mountains have not been fully explored, so they remain untouched like Guoc, Doi, Ham Rong, Tung caves Bear, Ca cave, etc.
For those who enjoy relaxing and swimming, there are hundreds of deserted golden sandy beaches in the bay.
Many sandy beaches stretch between two rocky mountains, offering a quiet and exclusive experience. Some popular ones are Van Boi beach, Cat Dua beach, Monkey island.
Weather in Lan Ha bay
In general, the climate in Lan Ha Bay is quite fresh and cool thanks to its surrounding.
The average temperature here is about 25 – 28 degrees C. In the summer, the temperature can reach 30 degrees while in the winter only about 15 to 20 degrees.
The ideal time to visit Lan Ha Bay
In general, traveling to Lan Ha Bay at any time of the year has its own interesting things, because basically this place gathers almost all resort-exploring experiences.
The best time to visit Lan Ha Bay is from March to July each year. In the late summer (August – October), there are often storms so you should consider carefully before visiting.
How to travel to Lan Ha Bay
To get to Lan Ha Bay, you must first travel to Cat Ba Island (Hai Phong).
You can travel from Hanoi to Cat Ba by bus and ferry, and the journey takes about 4 hours.
After getting to Cat Ba center, come to Ben Beo and buy tickets to visit Lan Ha Bay at the price of 80,000 VND per person.
There are many options to visit Lan Ha Bay, including motorboats, wooden boats, and luxury yachts. We usually sign up Lan Ha Bay tour and explore the bay on a wooden boat.
Best places to stay on Cat Ba island
In recent years, many hotels in Cat ba town have been upgraded and repaired, offering better services and experiences.
We enjoyed our stay at LePont Cat Ba Bungalow. The bungalows were beautiful with sea views. We also loved the panoramic view of the bay from the restaurant. It was fantastic!
If you seek a private beachfront, Monkey Island Resort offers relaxing stays in wooden bungalows. We enjoyed the outdoor activities there, especially the trek exploring the island. The view from the beach bungalow is amazing as well.
Things to do at Lan Ha Bay Vietnam
1. See the limestone mountains
Our favorite part of cruising Lan Ha bay is exploring its majestic mountains.